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Around-the-Spare Bike Rack

Catalog Item # 25898
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Tote your bikes without giving up valuable space in your trailer.
RVs generate exponentially more stress on bike racks than do cars and trucks. These Swagman Bike Racks are built and tested for use on the rear of RVs.

Powder-coated tubular steel rack extends beyond the spare tire or ladder of any travel trailer or 5th wheel. No need to remove bike wheels. Carries one or two bikes. Bumper brackets mount to any 4 - 4 1/2" continuous-weld square bumper. Bike clamps and hardware included.

Technical Specs

Tech Specs

Weight: 19.8 lbs.


Manufacturer: Swagman

Mfg Part #: 80500

Tech Notes:

  • Carries: Up to 2 bikes

  • Fits: 4" to 4.5" Steel Bumper

  • Max Load: 35 lbs per bike.

  • Reviews

    Around-the-Spare Bike Rack: Customer Reviews

    Camper's Choice Rating

    (4 Based on 10 Reviews)

    Sturdy (1)
    Well-built (1)

    Reviewed by 10 customers


    OK for the money

    274 out of 402 people found this review helpful.
    February 24, 2006
    I thought this unit was decent quality. The bumper mounts were well made and sturdy. I like the way you can remove the rack from the bumper mounts by removing two quick release pins. Because of the size of my spare tire I could not place the bumper mounts as close together as designed which made the uprights angle inward a little. This did not affect the functionality of the unit but it prevented lifting the uprights straight up if you wanted to remove them from the bumper mounts. To solve that I replaced the angled cross brace with a heavier flat steel one so I could use a wing nut on one end of the brace. Now all I have to do to remove the uprights is to remove the wing nut from one end of the cross brace. Then each upright will slide out individually. The bumper mount receivers had no way to drain rainwater so I drilled a hole in the bottom of each one. As with anything steel, where there is a scratch there will probably be a little rust, so a little can of Rustoleum will be handy. After looking at what is available, especially for fifth wheel RVs, I thought this was a good unit for the money, especially if you do not mind making a couple of small modifications.
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    It's ok,

    278 out of 418 people found this review helpful.
    March 06, 2006
    I have had this bike rack for about 4 years now and the only complaint that I have is that the red hold down hooks are very tight and hard to turn. It does however hold the bikes very secure . I have been all over with it, and have had no problems.
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    limited usage

    857 out of 1107 people found this review helpful.
    September 25, 2006
    Although I found the rack extremely easy to install, (approx. 10 mins), the rack comes packaged for use by boys bikes only. To use for girls bikes, without the bar, you must purchase additional items. I think for the price paid for the rack ALL brackets for boys or girls bikes should be included. The review indicating the need for drilling weep holes in the bottom of the brackets was 100% correct. When it rained the brackets were full of water. It needs some engineering modifications to correct the problem and customer preferences need to be addressed.
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    bike rack

    403 out of 607 people found this review helpful.
    August 05, 2007
    I also had to drill drain holes in the bottom of the frame. In addtion, the rubber cushion that the bikes ride on have worn through after only three trips. There need to be better saddles for the bikes to rest in to prevent rubbing the finish off the bikes. So far, I have been unable to locate replacement saddles for the one inch square frame.
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    Bike rack

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
    October 28, 2007
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    Have had it for 2 years

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
    October 29, 2008
    Have had no problem with this rack. It is one of our best purchases yet. We installed a built on receiver, before buying this bike rack, to the back of our bumper and the weld on the bumper came apart, so beware of that. Ours has not rusted either. It is in great shape and I have driven behind our camper for 130 miles several times watching the bike rack and it was not flimsy at all. My in-laws are now going to buy one for their camper.
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    Nice product but buyer beware

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
    August 31, 2011
    Purchased this item and installed on the bumper of my brand new 2011 Keystone Cougar. Mounted one bike on rack and headed down the highway. After three hours, bumper peeled away from camper frame and bike was scraping on ground. Bumper and rack were hanging by a thread and that close to coming completely off and flying down the road at 65 mph! Keystone refused to cover damages to camper (new bumper), because rack was attached AFTER purchase of camper and not at factory. Any installation similar to this will void your warranty regardless of the fact my bumper was of very poor quality. The top weld to the bumper held, the bumper itself peeled away. The rack weighs 19 pounds, one bike (the rack is designed for two), weighs about the same. This catastrophic failure should not have happened. The technician at Camping World verified the rack was properly installed. From now on, we transport our bikes inside our camper. The rack itself is a good product.
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    Filled the need

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
    May 26, 2012
    This carrier was just what I needed to carry our bikes without removing the spare tire on our bumper pull. Had to remake one hook for each bike hook as they were not long enough for the type of bikes we have (NEXT). Also, the 'Acorn' nuts used to secure the hooks to the bike are poorly made and the metal nut inside strips out of the plastic very easily. Carrier held the bikes very well, but do need to tie the wheels together so they don't spin. If the nuts made to secure the bike were better made (maybe metal, not plastic), it would be a great carrier. I will also note that the mfg'r was great to work with, and are sending replacement 'Acorn' nuts, but still just plastic ones.
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    Great Idea - but

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
    August 02, 2012
    This style was just what we needed and seems to work well, but the overall quality is poor.
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    Great Rack, Horrible mounting knobs

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
    April 06, 2015
    The rack itself is awesome and sturdy, and deserves a 5, but the Mounting Hardware is the worst. The picture above shows wing nuts. That is not what comes with it. It comes with these awful, hand killer black plastic knobs. I installed rack in about 20 minutes max. It took over one hour to screw down the knobs to tighten the bikes on the rack. When we got to the campsite, I had to use pliers to unscrew them. I tossed them and went to a tractor supply store and bought 4 wing nuts (like shown on the picture) plus 4 collar bushings to take up some room and 4 lock washers. Took 10 minutes to install the bikes to come home with the new hardware. Now I love the rack. It keeps the bikes secure and takes care of the transport problem. But, Swagman should never have used those knobs. The wing nuts should have been used from the start. Also, the u-braces that hold down the bike frames are really long. That is why I bought the collar bushings to take up some room. They should provide a spacer since the bike frames are different sizes.
    Pros: Sturdy, Well-built
    Cons: The knobs used to tighten should be tossed
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    How many bikes does this rack hold?
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    Will this bike rack work on a Viking CW10 pop-up camper?
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    can you use this rack on a pop up camper? is there enough clearance to slide the bed open with this rack attached ?
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    can this be mounted to pop -up camper
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    My trailer has a flat bumper. Can this be drilled into the bumper to add the support instead of going around a square bumper?
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    bike size?
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    will it mount to a Road Trek that is built on a Dodge body?
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